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Will Preckwinkle veto the pop tax repealer?

Will Preckwinkle veto the pop tax repealer?”

Commissioner Sean Morrison said last week he had enough "yes" votes to eliminate the tax effective December 1 and withstand any potential veto.

Provenzano said the vote would likely be a veto-proof majority of as much as 14 to 2.

County Finance Committee Chairman John Daley, who had supported the tax, said it was his responsibility to listen to the overwhelming opposition by his constituents to the tax. The repeal was favored by over 80% of all Cook County residents. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bankrolled ads promoting the tax as a deterrent to childhood obesity, while the soft drink industry through the Can the Tax Coalition ran ads against what it deemed an intrusion into consumers' lives. "Soda pop only represents one-quarter of the products affected by this tax", Suffredin said.

A final vote on repealing the tax would come at Wednesday's meeting of the full board, but unless any board members change their mind again by then, the tax is all but certain to go away, as the entire board sits on the Finance Committee and voted Tuesday. If the item passes at today's committee meeting, commissioners would take a second vote to accept the finance committee report at Wednesday's regular county board meeting.

Almost 150 people have registered to speak at the Tuesday meeting, which could make the event last for hours.

Controversial tax on soda in Cook County, Ill., could end up on the chopping block.

Preckwinkle presented a $5.36 billion budget to commissioners Thursday. The tax was expected to raise $200 million per year.



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